PunditWire Bids goodbye

Dear PunditWire Readers,

Seven years ago we created PunditWire as a unique platform for political speechwriters to comment on the news. Because speechwriters do their work under a veil of anonymity, we typically get to know them only through the words and phrases that others voice. PunditWire gave them a megaphone to speak for themselves.

As you know from reading our site, we’ve published thoughtful, provocative, and insightful posts that have generated buzz, trended online, and attracted influential readers like you. Any number of our articles have been republished in other sites and newspapers and even books.

But as with all good things, it’s time to bid PunditWire adieu. We will be ceasing operations on August 31, which means we no longer will be publishing new content on our site. PunditWire won’t vanish — to those of you who want access to the hundreds of articles we’ve posted over the years, you will still be able to find them on our site.

We’ve written these past seven years for you, our readers. You have our gratitude for following us, reading us, sharing us, engaging us — and being the most important part of our PunditWire community.

Thank you.

Leonard Steinhorn
Publisher of PunditWire
Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History
American University

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Will Kelly last longer than Scaramucci?

John F. Kelly’s front-stabbing Donald Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci only hours after Trump named the four-star Marine general his chief of staff was a sublime first move. But unlike Ivanka or Jared Kushner, Trump isn’t Dad to Kelly. How long can it be before Kelly’s service doesn’t pleasure the president anymore? Continue reading Will Kelly last longer than Scaramucci?


#NotMyPresident turns from a refrain of political resistance, a sign of political discontentment, to a deepening of the divide. Instead of serving as a reminder that not all Americans are content with the political situation, it reinforces the false notion that two Americas exist.

And only self-destruction can emanate from such a position. Continue reading #YesMyPresident

December 31, 2016

“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”

-Donald Trump on Russian Hacking, Statement December 29, 2016

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December 28, 2016

“Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect. Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, who does not support a two-state solution, said after the vote last week: ‘It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share’ and veto this resolution. I am compelled to respond that the United States, did in fact vote ‘in accordance with our values,’ just as previous U.S. administrations have done at the Security Council.”

-John Kerry Speech at the State Department, December 25 2016

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